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Medical News & Perspectives
March 18, 2009

Report: Growth of Medical Schools Brings Opportunity to Redefine Their Mission

JAMA. 2009;301(11):1114-1115. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.321

Medical schools in the United States are not doing enough to find the right students to train for careers in medicine and are not adequately addressing the needs of a diversifying patient population. However, the current environment of expansion of US medical school slots provides an opportune moment to address these issues.

So said medical education experts in a report, Revisiting the Medical School Educational Mission at a Time of Expansion, released January 29 by the Josiah Macy, Jr Foundation (http://www.josiahmacyfoundation.org/). The report presents conclusions and recommendations made by a 35-member panel of medical and institutional leaders that met in October.

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